A video of students at Brown University tearing up and throwing away Veterans Day flags that were placed on campus last week to honor those who have served our nation is going viral.
The incident was posted to Facebook by a student at the Providence, Rhode Island, campus before an annual Veterans Day ceremony.
Nicky Strada wrote: “Today was a sad day…Hundreds of flags were set up on the main green of Brown University by 2 VETERANS in honor of Veterans Day tomorrow, and when i got out of class, people had snapped them, ripped them, and threw them aside (in the video). I spent 1.5 hours outside taping them back together and putting all of them back in the ground, with a few confrontations. Only 2 people out of hundreds of people that passed by stopped to help. One person actually stomped on and snapped all of the ones I put back and when i asked her to stop and explained that they were for Veterans Day she said “I don’t care about that”. Always stand up for what you believe even if you have 6 thousand people against you and don’t step on my flag. 🇺🇸”
“One person actually stomped on and snapped all of the ones I put back,” Strada noted, “and when I asked her to stop, and explained that they were for Veterans Day, she said ‘I don’t care about that.’”
— Kassy Dillon (@KassyDillon) November 12, 2016
The university said in an email to the Washington Post that it’s investigating the vandalism.
“We do not condone the activities that led to the flags being removed, and destruction of property is subject to disciplinary review,” the statement said.
The Brown Daily Herald reports that the vandalism prompted a sit-in by students who disagree with their classmates’ views. But a student who agreed with the flag removal reportedly wrote on Facebook, “How can you support something as stupid as the American flag?”